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Greater Port Macquarie : Holiday Planner 2010
Cradled in the lush Hastings Valley, Greater Port Macquarie has rich fertile soil that nourishes olive trees, macadamia nuts, organic fruit and vegetables, exotic herbs and wine grapes bursting with juice. The freshest local produce makes its way to the tables of cafés and fine restaurants specialising in modern Australian dishes, inventive cuisine, European flavours, and Asian influences. Due to its idyllic location, the Hastings Valley has blended robust, sun-kissed grapes to create sensational wine varieties. Chambourcin, Chardonnay, Shiraz, Verdelho and Rosé are all popular varieties that flourish in the temperate climate. Visit cellar doors set in picturesque surroundings and sample the local drop along the popular winery trail. Renowned Cassegrain Winery offers tours, tastings and cellar door sales and is ideal for a leisurely al fresco lunch or picnic in the grounds. For quality ale and pilsner lovers, take a tour of Port Macquarie's microbrewery, The Little Brewing Company and sample award-winning boutique beers, brewed from fresh all natural ingredients. An abundance of fresh seafood awaits you. Sample our Hastings River rock oysters, bream, flathead and snapper, either from the local seafood co-ops, takeaways or catch your own to cook at free BBQ facilities around the foreshores and reserves. Wagyu beef, mouth-watering chicken, ripe red tomatoes and crisp-picked salad greens; the unsurpassed quality of the locally grown produce has inspired chefs and nurtured a thriving restaurant scene for fine dining experiences, casual seaside brunches, lunch in a rainforest, or light meals at charming hinterland locations. For the freshest fruit and vegetables, accompanied with home-made treats and preserves, don't miss the Hastings Farmer's Market, held in Wauchope on the 4th Saturday of the month and the Maritime Museum on the 2nd Saturday of the month. Locals flock for breakfasts of warm pastries, brewed coffee and fresh kiwi fruit, but it's also a favourite for picnic basket fillers, soaps and body lotions, free cooking demonstrations and sampling. Dining out is an effortless indulgence, with the seaside ambience of casual eateries, appealing menus at welcoming clubs, bustling pub life, ice cream parlours and invigorating coffee spots. Other diverse specialist ethnic cuisines include Chinese, Thai, Italian, Greek, Indian, Mexican, Spanish and Japanese. journ´y of fåvour 19